AAs the midterm election results began pouring in Tuesday night, a number of candidates made history. Until now, there have been barriers overcome by women, including people of color, young people, and members of the LGBTQ community.
Here’s an overview of some of the most famous victories. This list will continue to be updated as votes are counted and races are announced.
The first openly lesbian governor
Attorney General of Massachusetts Maura Healy won her bid for governor, according to the Associated Press. The victory makes Healey the nation’s first openly lesbian governor, returning the seat to Democrats after eight years of Republican leadership. Healey may be joined by Tina Kotek, the Democratic candidate for governor of Oregon, who is also openly lesbian and leading in most polls.
“To every little girl and every little LGBTQ kid out there — I hope tonight shows that you can be whoever you want to be,” she said during her victory speech.
During his campaign, Healey, who was elected eight years ago as the nation’s first openly gay attorney general, promised to expand job training programs and make child care more affordable. She also pledged to protect access to safe and legal abortion in Massachusetts.
First Generation Z Member of Congress
Florida’s 10th Congressional District Democratic candidate Maxwell Frost speaks as he celebrates with supporters during a victory party at The Abbey in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.
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Generation Z got their first seat in Congress as Maxwell Frost, a 25-year-old Democrat, won his election in Florida’s 10th congressional district, according to the Associated Press. He may be joined by Carolyn Leavitt, a 25-year-old Republican running in New Hampshire.
Gen-Z, known as the post-millennial generation, refers to those born after about 1997. Candidates must be at least 25 years old to run for a seat in the House, although it is quite rare for candidates to win their election as such young age. Congressman Madison Cawthorne, R-North Carolina, was the last 25-year-old elected to the House in 2020, but that hadn’t happened in more than 45 years before that.
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“I think the biggest generational divide that I see isn’t necessarily the issues — it’s the urgency of these things,” he told TIME in October. “How fast do they finish?”
Frost, a progressive Democrat with a background in activism, has focused his campaign on gun violence, climate change, abortion rights and Medicare for all — issues that resonate largely with younger voters. He previously worked with the student-led movement against gun violence, March for Our Lives.
Frost will take over the Orlando-area seat from Democrat Val Demings, who is running for senator.
First countries led by two women
At least two states elected women as governor and lieutenant governor on Tuesday, the first states to achieve such a landmark.
in Massachusetts, Maura Healy was elected governor, and her vice president was elected lieutenant governor, mayor of Salem Kim Driscoll, also won, according to the Associated Press. And in Arkansas, a Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders won the race for governor, according to the Associated Press, becoming the first woman to hold the office in state history. Since both candidates for lieutenant governor in Arkansas are women, a Sanders victory ensures that Arkansas will also be led by two women.
The first South Asian female lieutenant governor
A rally for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore and the Democratic Party at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland on Monday, November 7, 2022.
Aruna Miller is the nation’s first South Asian woman elected lieutenant governor, according to the Associated Press, making history in Maryland along with Democrat Wes Moore, who was elected the state’s first black governor. Miller, an Indian-American civil engineer who was raised by her grandmother in India, came to the U.S. at age 7, shortly after the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which abolished racial quotas and allowed her father to works in the country.
“I was a stranger in a strange world,” she said The Washington Post in October about her early years in the US
Miller, who also became the first immigrant to hold statewide office in Maryland, went on to serve eight years as a state delegate and campaigned to promote STEM education among girls and people of color, expand public transportation in underserved communities and mental health treatment . Her running mate, Moore, was only the third black governor elected since Reconstruction.
— WITH REPORTING BY JASMINE AGUILERA AND MINNIE RECKER
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